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‘Baltic Bubble’ prompts more visits by Estonians but fewer by Lithuanians

Friday, August 14, 2020

After the travel restrictions relating to Latvia’s neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania were lifted, creating the so-called ‘Baltic Bubble’ travel zone, a rapid inflow of tourists was observed in June, according to latest statistics released August 14 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The number of visitors from Estonia, as compared to June of the previous year, increased by 5.6 %, but the number of nights spent by them increased even more, by…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania confirms 22 new cases of Covid-19

Friday, August 14, 2020

Twenty-two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 2,352, the Health Ministry said on Friday morning. In all, 567 people are still ill and 1,691 have recovered. Eighty-one people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far, and another 13 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes. The country has since June 1 registered 147 cases of coronavirus…

One more case of coronavirus confirmed in Latvia

Friday, August 14, 2020

Latvia’s COVID-19 statistics were updated August 14 with just one new case confirmed. Now the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 1,308 on Friday. No additional deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining at 32. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,704 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 222,531 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,078 patients have recovered from infection.…

Two Latvians held in Belarus now free, others advised to note emergency contact details

Friday, August 14, 2020

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said August 13 that two persons from Latvia were known to be among the thousands detained by forces loyal to the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus as a brutal crackdown on civil liberties and dissent escalates. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassy in Minsk worked to provide the necessary consular support to secure the release of the two individuals, the minister said. The effort appeared to…

Three for the weekend: Not only Riga Festival

Friday, August 14, 2020

This weekend, the annual Riga Festival takes place, with many events and activities all over Riga. However, if you do not want to spend the weekend in the city, here are some tips for events out of town. Ventspils Amatu māja (Skolas Street 3) opens an exhibition “Ventspils head-chef flavor parade”. The exhibition will include photographs of various dishes of exquisite and unusual recipes from local chefs, cafes, restaurants. Both the…

Tortoise weigh-in at Riga Zoo

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thursday, August 13, Riga Zoo will have the annual great tortoise weigh-in, said Zoo representative Māris Lielkalns. Riga Zoo has two Galapagos tortoises, Trīna and Čelsija. Over 20 years, led by weightlifter Raimonds Bergmanis, the great tortoises have been lifted and weighed by Latvian and European weightlifters, Mr. Universe Aivars Visockis, and other muscle-heroes. At first, weightlifter Bergmanis could easily do the job by himself as the tortoises weighed a…

Survey: 29% of Rigans would like to live elsewhere in Latvia

Friday, August 14, 2020

Nearly a third of Riga inhabitants would like to live in another place in Latvia, according to new research center SKDS survey results, Latvian Television reported August 13. Sociologists asked Latvian citizens in Riga: “It’s frequently heard that for one reason or another people say they want to move outside Riga. What about you?” 29% responded they would like to move away from Riga. Of those, 20,1% would rather go away but…

Lithuania introduces Belarus to Nausėda’s plan via diplomatic channels, awaits response

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuania has introduced the Belarusian authorities to President Gitanas Nausedė’s crisis resolution plan via diplomatic channels and is awaiting response from Minsk, a presidential adviser said on Thursday. “It’s been communicated to the Belarusian side, we are waiting for their reaction,” Asta Skaisgirytė told journalists. Under the plan presented by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Wednesday, Belarus should establish a national council bringing together the government and members of civil…

Latvian 5G conference confirmed for November

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

‘5G Techritory’, a  top event about 5G technology in the Baltic Sea region, confirmed August 12 it will return for a third year in a row on November 11-12, 2020. “Embracing the virtual format and with key events streamed live from Riga HQ, 5G Techritory will take place remotely through a new, custom-built digital conferencing platform,” said organisers. This year the event will   go on in a custom ‘phygital’ (physical-digital) format, they added. This…

Lithuania to lift restrictions on indoor events, allow entry to foreign students

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Despite the recent rise in coronavirus cases, Lithuania’s government decided on Wednesday to continue lifting restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From August 16, up to 600 people will be allowed to attend indoor events, and from September 1, restrictions on the number of attendees will be lifted completely. From September 1, foreign students will be allowed to enter the country. The travel bans will no longer apply to…